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Title: Recent Joint Studies Related to the Development of Space Radioisotope Power Systems
Authors: Kramer, DP
Ambrosi, R
Sarsfield, M
Watkinson, EJ
Mesalam, R
Williams, H
Barklay, C
Tinsley, T
Goodrich, S
Pierson, T
Whiting, C
First Published: 23-May-2017
Presented at: 11th European Space Power Conference (ESPC), Thessaloniki, GREECE
Start Date: 3-Oct-2016
End Date: 7-Oct-2016
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: E3S Web of Conferences, 11th European Space Power Conference, 2017, 16
Abstract: Over the last several years there has been a mutually beneficial ongoing technical interchange between the U.K and the U.S. related to various aspects of space radioisotope power systems (RPS). While this interchange has been primarily focused on materials based activities, it has also included some aspects related to safety, environmental, and lessons learned during the application of RPSs by the U.S. during the last fifty years. Recent joint technical RPS endeavors have centered on the development of a possible “cold” ceramic surrogate for 238PuO2 and 241AmOx and the irradiation of thermoelectrics and other materials at expected RPS related neutron fluences. As the U.S. continues to deploy and Europe develops RPS capability, on-going joint RPS technical interfaces will continue to enhance each entities’ endeavors in this nuclear based power technology critical for deep space exploration.
DOI Link: 10.1051/e3sconf/20171605002
ISSN: 2267-1242
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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